Go Hunt Mushrooms on the North Coast

By Cheri Brubaker | Saturday, October 5, 2019

It's mushroom hunting season! The North Coast is filled with forest trails that are abundant with mushrooms. You can find them if you know where to look. While this is reportedly an uncommonly good season for chantarelles, they still command a high price. Foraging is both fun and free! Hiking in the woods in search of mushrooms is a great way to exercise. It's something the whole family can do. Why not forage for mushrooms this weekend?

Photo credits to Ecola State Park.

If you aren't sure what to look for or where to look, Tillamook County Library offers a free class, Demystifying Our Local Wild Mushrooms on Friday at 1 p.m. Join Oregon State Park Ranger Dane Osis at the North Tillamook Library in Manzanita. You'll learn how to identify poisonous and edible mushrooms, allowing you to collect valued local mushrooms on a hike through the forest. This class, like foraged food, is free. 

Tillamook Forest Center is offering an opportunity for outdoor educators to discover ways to engage students with nature and to foster scientific inquiry. Better Environmental Education Teaching, Learning and Expertise Sharing (BEETLES) is a program of the University of California Berkeley dedicated to helping educators make learning an exploratory, exciting process filled with wonder. Teachers, parents and anyone wanting to learn more about outdoor learning and science education will discover a wealth of information at BEETLES Science and Teaching for Field Instructors Workshop on Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Photo credits to The Water Music Society

The Water Music Society presents the 35th Annual Water Music Festival on the Long Beach Peninsula this weekend. Enjoy The George Mitchell Quintet featuring special guest vocalist Greta Matassaon on Friday. A social hour begins at 6:35 p.m. at The Eagle's Nest in Ilwaco, the concert starting at 7:35 p.m. On Saturday enjoy classic guitarist, Mak Grgic, perform at the historical Oysterville Church, a charming concert venue. The festival concludes with the world-class chamber trio, the Black Oak Ensemble, on Sunday at The Eagle's Nest. Both Saturday and Sunday events begin with a social hour at 2:35 p.m., the concert starting at 3:35 p.m. Tickets and more information are available here.

It's not only mushroom season, but also cranberry harvest time. Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum hosts the Cranberrian Fair, where you'll find all things cranberry at this celebration of the cranberry harvest on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m to 4 p.m. There will be delicious baked goods, artists and local crafts in Ilwaco. See demonstrations by Penninsula Rug Hookers, the Penninsula Quilt Guild, Blacksmth Gary Lewis and others. 

The largest gathering of kite fliers from around the world, American Kite Flyers Convention, continues through Friday at the Seaside Convention Center.
After a long day of mushroom foraging, after the concert or while you're visiting with kite flyers from around the world, find a great place to dine while you're here. Be sure to check out our Daytime and Nightlife calendars for more exciting things happening on the North Coast. Drive safely and have fun!
About the Author Cheri Brubaker
Cheri Brubaker is a writer living on the Oregon Coast. She enjoys sharing her favorite places to dine, hike, shop and explore this beautiful, rugged place she is so fortunate to call home. Join Cheri as she guides you along Oregon's spectacular North Coast.